International Food Wine and Travel Writers Association Hospitality & Culinary Excellence Awards 2012

The International Food, Wine & Travel Writers Association’s (IFWTWA) prestigious Excellence Awards are awarded quarterly and recognize the best of the best in culinary and hospitality around the world. The award nominations are recommended by IFWTWA members, carefully evaluated by IFWTWA’s Excellence Awards Committee, and finally approved by IFWTWA’s Board of Directors.

Recipients for the 2nd quarter of 2012 include the following:

Hospitality Excellence Award:

Erik Cole, General Manager
Inn at the 5th
Website: www.innat5th.com
The establishment uses ‘green’, eco-friendly operating practices whenever possible, The establishment is extremely clean, The guest room amenities are exceptional in quality and variety, The staff is friendly and responsive to requests, The staff acts as an excellent resource for area activities, The establishment takes strong measures to ensure guest safety and security,

Hospitality Excellence Award:

Paul Jeppson, Vice President Hospitality Keystone
Keystone Resort
Website: http://www.keystoneresort.com
The establishment uses ‘green’, eco-friendly operating practices whenever possible, The establishment is extremely clean, The guest room amenities are exceptional in quality and variety, The staff is friendly and responsive to requests, The staff acts as an excellent resource for area activities, The establishment takes strong measures to ensure guest safety and security,

Destination Marketing Excellence Award:

Kevin Thomas ~ Publisher
Maine Magazine
www.TheMaineMag.com
Is available and responsive to journalist requests and questions, Has a well-designed and easy to navigate website, Provides well-written and thorough fact sheets about the destination and its points of interest, Is well-connected with excellent sources in the region, Provides an excellent variety of hi-res images upon request at no charge, Proactively stays in touch with journalists by sending destination-specific press releases

Destination Marketing Excellence Award:

Leanne Ouimet ~ Director of Events
Maine Magazine
www.TheMaineMag.com

Destination Marketing Excellence Award:

Laura Parquette – Communications and PR Dir. – Keystone Resort
Vail Resorts/Keystone Resort
Website: www.keystonelodge.com
Is available and responsive to journalist requests and questions, Proactively provides relevant story ideas and angles, Provides well-written and thorough fact sheets about the destination and its points of interest, Is well-connected with excellent sources in the region, Provides an excellent variety of hi-res images upon request at no charge,

Destination Marketing Excellence Award:

Angie Helton – Owner}
Northeast Media
Website: www.nemediaassociates.com
Is available and responsive to journalist requests and questions, Proactively provides relevant story ideas and angles, Has a well-designed and easy to navigate website, Provides well-written and thorough fact sheets about the destination and its points of interest, Is well-connected with excellent sources in the region, Provides an excellent variety of hi-res images upon request at no charge, Is available to coordinate individual fam trips upon request for qualifying journalists, Proactively stays in touch with journalists by sending destination-specific press releases,

 Culinary Excellence Award

Chef David Turin ~ Owner/Head Chef
David’s and David’s 388
Website: www.davidsrestaurant.com
The cuisine well represents that of a specific culture or region, The preparation uses innovative or cutting edge techniques, The combination of ingredients is well balanced in terms of flavor profile and texture, The presentation is creative, appetizing and aesthetically pleasing, Exemplary use of sustainable sources (i.e. locally sourced, organic ingredients)

Culinary Excellence Award:

Chicco Tatriele ~ President/Director
Fivelements
Website: www.fivelements.org
The cuisine well represents that of a specific culture or region, The preparation uses innovative or cutting edge techniques, The combination of ingredients is well balanced in terms of flavor profile and texture, The presentation is creative, appetizing and aesthetically pleasing, Exemplary use of sustainable sources (i.e. locally sourced, organic ingredients).

About: The International Food Wine & Travel Writers Association (IFWTWA) is a dynamic nonprofit organization based out of Southern California. What started out as a small group of prominent Frenchmen rating restaurants in 1956 is now a global network of journalists and photographers who cover the hospitality and lifestyle fields, and the people who promote them. Members cover a broad spectrum of travel destination attractions such as active and passive adventure activities, ecology, historical features, culture, fairs, festivals, food, wine, and special events. The association’s membership includes professionals in culinary arts and sciences, the wine growing and production industry, and hotel and hospitality management industries.

http://www.IFWTWA.org

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